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Florida teacher arrested for allegedly molesting disabled student

A Tampa, Florida teacher was arrested for molesting a disabled teen student in late December.

The teacher, 68, was charged with lewd lascivious molestation after administrators at LaVoy Exceptional Center were notified of the accusations. The man teaches social studies, reading and language arts to students who have special needs, including those who have autism spectrum disorder.

The teacher was accused of touching a male student in his privates. According to witnesses, the teacher approached the student from behind and proceeded to grind on his buttocks after grabbing him by the waist. The student is unable to communicate effectively.

It is not known if the witnesses are other students or employees of the district.

The administration at the school was notified immediately and the teacher was removed from the room before authorities arrived on campus.

Tampa Police said, "Someone who works at the school saw something that didn't look right and reported to the authorities there at the school."

The initial report was made on Dec. 1, and it led to a three-week investigation that included interviews with witnesses. The investigation led to the arrest of the teacher, who is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bond,

The teacher has been employed by Hillsborough County Schools since 2005, but did not start teaching until 2009. He has also worked in public schools in Washington, D.C.

The man has yet to be terminated from his job, but the school board plans to vote on the issue in the near future.

According to the district, there are 91 students enrolled in the Title I school, which serves students between the ages of 3 and 22. Close to 80 percent of the 91 students are economically disadvantaged.

The safety of children is tantamount when in the classroom. An experienced education law attorney will be able to explain your child's rights and discuss the next steps that should be taken after being abused by a teacher or other authority figure.

Source: Inquisitr, "Florida Teacher Arrested, Charged with Molesting a Disabled Teen Student in Classroom," Angelica Sumter, Dec. 25, 2016

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